On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the coronavirus with investigative journalist and author, Nina Burleigh. “There are many ways to begin to tell the story of why more Americans died of Covid-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, than in any other nation on earth,” Nina Burleigh writes in her new book ‘Virus: Vaccinations, the CDC and the Hijacking of America's Response to the Pandemic’. “We could start at the Washington, DC hospital with doctors amputating the lower leg of the White House chief of security, a man who caught Covid in Donald Trump's mask-free domain. Or we could talk to the families of forty-six veterans who died within days of each other in a Veterans Administration nursing home in Alabama.
It is the first day of the year of the rat. I was supposed to be somewhere else, celebrating the lunar New Year with friends, family, and food-lots of it. I work in Wuhan and finishing a project before the long Spring Festival this year; my train was to leave on Thursday. Then, the lockdown and here I am, dining on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, avocadoes, instant coffee, and strawberries, in my apartment on lovely Guangba road in the Wuchang district of Wuhan. Wuhan is the crossroads of nine provinces and often called the Chicago of the east, its motto is “Wuhan Different Every Day”. It is a city of students, with over thirty universities and a million of them, most left town around January 15 when fall term ended for winter break.
President Xi Jinping formally told WHO head Tedros Ghebreyesus, at their meeting in Beijing earlier this week, that the coronavirus epidemic “is a devil and we cannot allow the devil to hide.” Ghebreyesus for his part could not but praise Beijing for its extremely swift, coordinated response strategy – which includes fast identification of the genome sequence.